Rosanne Barr Files New Documents In Zimmerman Case
It started in the Circuit Court for Seminole County, Florida. It was then transferred to the federal court. There was no amount in the prayer for relief. In June 2014, a federal magistrate judge ruled that the case did not meet the minimum federal damages of $75,000 in damages. The case was transferred back to the state circuit court.
For those unfamiliar, Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, parents of George Zimmerman, filed suit against Rosanne Barr. In July 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The Zimmerman’s allege that Rosanne tweeted out the address to their home forcing them to move in the middle of the night and live in hiding. They accused Barr of trying to incite a “lynch mob.”
After the case was transferred back to the circuit court, the Zimmerman’s claimed damages that included doing their laundry. They asked Barr to settle the case for $750,000. Barr’s attorneys’ actions thereafter conveyed to the Zimmerman’s to kick sand.
Rosanne posted the tweet on March 29, 2012. However, Robert Zimmerman Sr. told the Orlando Sentinel two weeks earlier that his family was already living in hiding.
The document filed by Rosanne’s attorneys last week raise several defenses, among them that the Rosanne’s tweets are “constitutionally protected” because it was truthful and newsworthy; that Rosanne didn’t tweet private facts because the information is easily accessible through the Seminole County property records and the phone book; and that the Zimmerman’s are public figures. Rosanne also claims that her tweet didn’t cause the Zimmerman’s “cognizable damages.”
Now that it is publicly known that George Zimmerman was arrested at that same house this past Friday, and was living there, I wonder if that will have any effect on his parent’s losing the lawsuit? The only threat for living in that house for George, is George. His parents still own the property.
The case is before Circuit Judge Melanie Chase.